Written by Kyle Higgins
Art by Brett Booth (Inker: Norm Rapmund; Colorist: Andrew Dalhouse)
I’ve said it multiple times, but it always bears repeating: I cannot get over how fantastic this arc in Nightwing is. Absolutely cannot. There is serious tone, but at the same time, everything about the issue is just so FUN. From Nightwing getting out of the trap to receiving a lead on Tony Zucco to even the rooftop donuts, everything flowed perfectly. And the sarcastic quips! There’s the boy wonder we know and love. I had a huge grin on my face throughout the issue.
I think one of the strongest parts of Higgins’ writing is his ability to introduce really subtle character development. This issue made me much more interested in Dick Grayson’s roommate Michael and how he’ll get involved in everything. Tony Zucco’s own life changes since disappearing tugged at a few heartstrings. Brain the redhead is the cutest. The whole angle of his ‘new life,’ so to speak, makes you feel kind of bad that Nightwing needs to catch him.
My only complaint is that we unmasked Prankster, but didn’t learn a thing about him.
It’s a bit bittersweet to say, but Brett Booth’s art is a major part of why this arc has been so great. I was majorly disappointed when I heard he was moving onto another DC title after this issue. But regardless of that fact, the mixture of Booth, Rapmund and Dalhouse’s talents were definitely on display in #21. Donuts and coffee have never looked so appetizing!
Overall, I’m glad the Nightwing title has been given the opportunity to spread its wings a little, and not be bogged down by being connected to any other Batbook at the current times. Because, to keep up with the bird puns, it is soaring. I already can’t wait until next month’s!
5 out 5 nerds